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The Role of Operating Room Nurse At Assuring Asepsis and The Differences Between Surgical Rooms

Ines Selinšek
UKC Maribor
Slovenia

Andrej Žerdin
UKC Maribor
Slovenia

Nataša Toplak
Alma Mater Europea - ECM, Omega d.o.o.
Slovenia

The operating room is a place where a clean environment is required, which means that with appropriate sanitary practice and with aseptic behavior, we reduce the possibility of surgical infections. Strict adherence to the rules of aseptic behavior is necessary like hand hygiene, sterile preparation of surgical instruments, and sterility of a surgical field. The operating room nurse is responsible for performing these procedures; however, every individual who enters the operating environment should be aware of the importance of asepsis and infection prevention. The aim of our research was to present and describe the role of the operating room nurse in providing asepsis and aseptic technique. Data were obtained through a questionnaire and interviews of operating nurses in the field of orthopedics’ and abdominal surgery from the University Medical Center Maribor, Slovenia. The obtained results showed that operating room nurses know the importance of asepsis and perform high-level aseptic techniques. We can conclude that in the orthopedic operating room the stricter aseptic conditions are applied to ensure asepsis and the additional protective equipment. The conclusion is that the work of operating room nurses is carried out at high level and professionally, but we strive for further education and professional growth.

 

 


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